Coach K, Boeheim Fire Back on Paul George, Recruiting Advantage Story; Calipari Chimes in on Twitter

Coach KIn the face of a withering takedown by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, both Coach K and Jim Boeheim responded in the last 48 hours — with both saying that the Paul George hospital bed photo was not staged and that Duke does not gain a significant recruiting edge as a result of Coach K leading Team USA.

“That was a really bad thing, to bring up Paul George,” Krzyzewski told reporters Thursday, according to USA Today. “After he was injured, USA Basketball was in the trauma room — me, Jerry (Colangelo), a bunch of NBA people and whatever. There were too many people there, so they asked for only the family and the doctors. We went back. A few of the people from USA Basketball left that morning. I was staying with my family for a couple of days. To read more of this story, click here

2016 Forward Matthew Moyer to Syracuse

MoyerMatthew Moyer, an athletic 6-foot-8 2016 forward from Gahanna (OH) Lincoln, verbally committed to Syracuse Friday after visiting for the Syracuse Elite Camp.

“I’m so happy,” Moyer told the Syracuse Post-Standard Friday. “I had a whole lot of options, but Syracuse just felt like the perfect place for me. Their style of play fits me. I have a great relationship with Coach Boeheim and Coach GMac (assistant coach Gerry McNamara). I just felt it was the right place for me.”

Moyer is Syracuse’s first 2016 commit. HE also had offers from Florida, Ohio State and Xavier, among others.

Moyer is ranked No. 88 in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.com.

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Ennis Says Toronto, Orlando Are Likely Landing Spots


NEW YORK
—  Former Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis says he believes he could land with the Orlando Magic or Toronto Raptors in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-3 Ennis gave ESPN’s Andy Katz that information during a sit-down on Tuesday before meeting with the rest of the media Wednesday.

The Magic pick at No. 4 and No. 12 in the Draft, while the Raptors hold the No. 20 pick.

“I worked out for Orlando twice so they got to look at me in different situations, they got to look at me more than once but as far as workouts I think every team that called me in knows my background, knows what I can do in a game situation so it’s just going to come down to the whole draft nigth really,” Ennis said Wednesday. To read more of this story, click here

Moustapha Diagne to Syracuse

WEST ORANGE, N.J. — At 6-foot-9 with an athletic build, Moustapha Diagne would seem to be a perfect fit for the back end of the Syracuse zone in years to come.

And that’s exactly where Diagne will play after he committed to the Orange over Memphis during the Mary Kline Classic at West Orange High School.

“It’s a good school, they have a good basketball program,” Diagne said. “And Coach [Adrian] Autry, we built a good relationship and I feel comfortable with Syracuse.”

Ranked the No. 7 power forward in the Class of 2015 by 247Sports.com, Diagne has visited Syracuse three times, including for the epic Duke game in February, and Orange head coach Jim Boeheim has visited him at least once at Pope John.

“He brings a lot of energy to the court, he’s got a lot of athleticism,” Pope John XXIII coach Jason Hasson said. “He definitely is improving his offensive skills, stepping out to 15 feet. He’s going to start being able to step out to the three next year. I think he brings a lot of versatility to [Syracuse] because he can play multiple positions. He can guard multiple positions.” To read more of this story, click here

Academically Cleared, McCullough Excited for Syracuse

McCullough CuseGREENBURGH, N.Y. — Chris McCullough admits it was a little nerve-racking waiting on his standardized test scores to come back.

“It was stressful because I thought I was going to get it back pretty early so I could go to Syracuse earlier, but I didn’t get it till late,” the 6-foot-10, 215-pound McCullough told SNY.tv before the Frankie Williams Charity Classic.

As first reported earlier Tuesday by SNY.tv, McCullough received his test scores on Monday and is academically cleared to enroll at Syracuse. He plans to head up for the second summer session in July. To read more of this story, click here

Kassoum Yakwe: Syracuse, Villanova, Kansas Recruiting Him the Hardest

Yakwe2By WESLEY CHENG

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NEW YORKKassoum Yakwe, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward from Our Savior New American (NY), is one of the rising prospects in the 2016 class. Yakwe played in the 2014 Jordan Brand International Game and scored 13 points and grabbed two rebounds for Team White as they defeated Team Black 74-71.

Yakwe played an efficient 19 minutes, shooting 4-for-5 from the field. He also displayed an improved handle and a nice outside touch, hitting 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.

“I’m getting more confident,” Yakwe said when asked about his outside shot. “I’ve been working in the gym getting shots up. I’m getting better [at] it.” To read more of this story, click here

2015 Guard Franklin Howard to Syracuse

Franklin Howard, a 6-foot-4 2015 combo guard from Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI and Team Takeover, committed to Syracuse on his 17th birthday.

Howard also considered Maryland, Georgetown, Ohio State, Virginia and N.C. State.

He missed this past season after undergoing ACL surgery last summer.

“Frank is on his way to full recovery from ACL last July,” Paul VI coach Glen Farello told SNY.tv. “Frank’s got the combination of skill, IQ and competitiveness that coaches appreciate. The kid is a winner. And he will be even more hungry coming back. To read more of this story, click here